“I am a ‘project’ of the people” says Abdulswamad as he breaks ground on construction of Mekatilili wa Menza Girls Secondary School
By Allan Kai
Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir on Friday laid the foundation stone for the construction of Mekatilili wa Menza Girls Secondary school, at Ziwani Tudor Ward.
The ceremony was graced by leaders from all around the country, most notably chairman of the budget committee, Hon. Kanini Kega and Nairobi women Representative, Hon. Esther Pasaris.
The school is being built in honor of legendary heroine from the Mijikenda community, Mekatilili wa Menza, who led a revolt against the colonial regime.
Political rhetoric was ubiquitous at the occasion, with those speaking showing their support for Hon. Shariff Nasir’s 2022 Mombasa gubernatorial aspirations.
Likoni MP Mishi Mboko, who was the MC at the event, showered praises on ODM leader Raila Odinga, highlighting his track record as Prime Minister. She also spoke on his contribution towards the adoption of the 2010 constitution, as factors to consider for his 2022 Presidential bid.
Shariff Nasir explained his track record on improving the state of education in Mvita, as a hallmark of his campaign. He hailed the construction of the school as a important step towards improving girls’ education in Mombasa.
“We had to make sure that the schools that were around, were first and foremost renovated and fully equipped to handle the influx of students in Mvita. Only then did we decide to build this new school” – Shariff Nassir on why they decided to build the school at this time.
He rubbished claims made by his detractors calling him a “project” of some business men and politicians, saying that he is rather a project of the people.
Budalangi MP Hon. Raphael Wanjala, was among those who spoke at the ceremony. He urged Mombasa residents to vote for Shariff Nasir, calling him a noble leader and a dedicated statesman.
Upon completion, Mekatilili wa Menza Girls Secondary school will have eight classrooms, four laboratories, a multipurpose hall, a prayer room, a utility block and an administration block.
The project is funded by the Mvita Constituency Development Fund.